What does your money say about you?

I sat in church service today, reflecting on the Biblical views of money.  Dave Ramsey was speaking.  He explained that there are four stages of money:

1-NOW – you have to pay your utilities, rent, etc.  This is living paycheck to paycheck.

2-THEN – this starts when you are out of debt and begin planning for retirement, college for children, etc.

3-US – this is where you plan to leave inheritance for generations to come (Proverbs 13:22 - A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.

4-THEM – this is where you look externally, into the world, to find where you can make an impact.

 

I want to talk about the “THEM” part of money.  How do you decide where to spend your money? What products to buy? What companies to support? What does your money say about you....it's pretty simple to find out.  Look at what you spent the most on last month. That is what is most important to you!

 

I want my money to count.  I want it to make a difference.  $5 could go toward your morning latte, or it could buy a lifesaving mosquito net for someone in Africa. $500 could buy you the latest iPad or it could buy a heifer for a starving family, resulting in income and food. $7000 could buy a family of 4 a luxurious Disney World trip or it could build a well in Haiti and provide for a village for generations to come.

 

I’m not saying that we should not enjoy a morning coffee or a family vacation.  What I am saying, though, is that we can work collaboratively to purchase products that benefit a cause outside of ourselves.  This is exactly why I started Quenching Well.  I want you to be able to buy every day, usable products, while knowing that the profits go to help others with clean water.  You can buy products anywhere, but are you fattening a CEO’s pocket, or are you helping those less fortunate who desperately need our help?

 

Below are some companies I enjoy supporting.

Lanna Coffee http://www.lannacoffeeco.com/

Modern Abolition http://www.modernabolition.com/

3 Strands Global http://www.3strandsglobal.com/

Quenching Well  http://quenchingwell.com/

Toms http://www.toms.com/

Feed Projects https://www.feedprojects.com/bags

 

Please feel free to share which organizations you like to support in the comments!

Water is such a precious commodity in Kenya

Contributed by Jessica Disney

In 2015 we did a three week safari driving almost to every National Park in Kenya from Amboselli in the South to Masai Mara in the North West. We drove over 3,400 Km from park to park and passed through many small towns and rural areas, starting with the large city of Nairobi and ending in Nairobi for another 5 days. Along the way, we saw men, women and children digging trenches about 1 ft deep alongside the road and laying a 2” hose in the trench for hundreds of miles. There would be a group of five or six people every mile digging, with the goal of eventually being able to deliver water to these remote places.

Through every village we passed we would see women and children carrying large 3 to five gallon plastic containers on their heads. They would go down the steep banks to very muddy rivers and most likely contaminated with animal feces (as there are many goats and cows alongside the banks). Water weighs 8lbs per gallon, so a five gallon jug would weigh 40lbs that they would then have to haul back up the river banks.

Every village we passed through we would see motorcycles with about 10, five gallon plastic water tanks being carried to buy water wherever they could. No one has plumbing in these small towns and if they don’t have enough money to buy water, they must retrieve it from fouled rivers without purification.

The worst situation we saw was in Amboselli Park where a young Masai teenage boy was herding his cows through the park. He had no water with him and he was bending and scooping water with his hands to drink right where the elephants had just urinated and had bowel movements. We offered him some bottled water and his eyes lit up, he broke into the biggest smile and he came running. We wished we had more to give him, but he didn’t have a way to carry it even if we did. We encountered this a few more times and once with a camel herder. 

Another day, we were stopped in a roadblock due to a skirmish between two neighboring tribes and needed a police escort. When the police left and the warring tribe came to our car to investigate (bribe) us into letting us pass, all they demanded from us was bottled water. Water is such a precious commodity in Kenya.

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Do you have a story to share about your experiences with lack of clean water? Please share them with us and help inspire others to become involved in helping others!  Jessica, thank you for taking the time to write and share this!

 

(the photo is of a boy drinking water on the road with elephant poop in it as well)

I had never seen someone die before...

I had never seen someone die before. That sweet little girl was now lifeless. Was she even three years old? All because of dirty water. Her entire family had come in the day before; mom, dad and three siblings. They all had been drinking water from the contaminated river. Cholera got them. Cholera killed her.

 

That moment changed my life.

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We had been asked to go to Haiti in October 2010. I didn't really know what to expect, I just thought we would be there for post earthquake relief. Clearly God had different plans. When we arrived in the most remote area of Haiti, people started showing up to our medical clinic with cholera. The week became consumed with treating cholera patients. Cholera drains all of the hydration out of a person and eventually kills them. We had surgeons and paramedics desperately trying to get IV needles into severely dehydrated patients. People laid all over the floor of a Bible school that had become a makeshift clinic. I changed diapers on children and adults alike. I had never seen anything like it.

 

The government had no medical personnel, no sanitation system, no clean water, no sewer system....how could this be?

 

I decided I had to do something.

 

Can I just write a check and donate for one clean water system somewhere in the world? Sure. Can I write a check and donate for five clean water systems?  Maybe.  But does that solve the problem? No. We have power in numbers.

 

I decided to start Quenching Well, a place where I could sell items promoting clean water.  The profits that I raise from these products will go directly towards sponsoring clean water programs. These clean water programs will be run by Christian organizations that already do this type of work well! We will just be using our funds to get it done.

 

I love buying products with a purpose and that's why I started Quenching Well. Collectively we have the money, the technology, and the resources to provide everyone with clean water. 

 

I hope that you join me on this journey. God bless.